Is it possible for a 17-point win that never got within single digits after the second quarter to be back-and-forth?
If it is, that’s what the contest between the Clarksville Lady Wildcats and Kenwood Lady Knights was on Tuesday, with Clarksville claiming a 54-37 victory.
After a tight first quarter saw the Lady Wildcats lead 11-9, the visitors went on a 21-2 run before halftime to virtually seal the deal.
So, what did Clarksville do differently to enable such dominance?
“Nothing,” said CHS coach Brian Rush. “We just kept doing what we were doing. I think the kids just got comfortable. Kenwood came out and played well early, I just think we kept doing what we were doing. We were trying to get the ball inside. I think at halftime both our bigs had eight points each, so that was a good thing for us.”
The third quarter was closer but still went in Clarksville’s favor… then the fourth came around.
With the Lady Knights trailing 44-18, the game seemed as good as done with a running clock in the near future. Instead, Kenwood came out and swung momentum heavily in its favor by going on an 11-0 run, which spanned the first 3:40 of the fourth quarter. It ended up falling well short of what was needed to change the result, but they still outscored the victors 19-10 in the final period.
The importance of that dominant stretch was not lost upon Kenwood coach Charles Clark.
“I think it was a fight or flight mentality,” Clark said. “We went dead in the second quarter, so the second half my challenge to them was play hard, play like this is it; like we should be every night.
“That was good for them. I think moving forward, the locker room was upbeat. We’re not into moral victories, per se, but we are. We’re still in the building block phase and that’s just one piece that we can take, and growth is what we always look for. I thought we grew.”
The win marks the third in a row for the Lady Wildcats (7-8). They will look to extend that streak on Friday at Northwest. Meanwhile, Kenwood (2-12) will travel the opposite direction, visiting the Northeast Lady Eagles the same day.
Clarksville (54): Nariah Nicholson 12, Mya Collins 12, Kate Howard 10, Erin Lackey 6, Alexis Wimberly 5, Macy Brown 5, Abby Chappell 3, Allie Gilmer 1.
Kenwood (37): Reagan Fisher 15, Iyanna Curtis 11, Tamaria Arnold 5, Chamyra Teasley 4, Dontesha Brandt 2.